How Would You Escape North Korea? (The 7 Choices)

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    If you were living in North Korea right now - trying to survive on a diet of rats, grass, soil and tree bark, quenching your thirst by drinking out of mud puddles in the ground - what would you do?
    There's also the conceivable chance of being sent to a political prison camp for years on end just because you innocently thought out loud one day to a bunch of friends (North Korean propaganda is strong), where you are then beaten, tortured, and left so hungry that you are forced to dig and consume the grains out of faeces, or the maggots from dead bodies just so you have the energy to perhaps last one more day.
    You'd probably wanna escape. But how?
    The North Korean government in Pyongyang refuses to let its citizens leave, a clear violation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, viewing North Korean defectors as traitorous criminals. Captured North Koreans would be subject to unimaginable torture and often public executions.
    If they are successful in their escape, then three to four generations of their family back home would be sent to North Korean prison camps to rot ....or worse. This is a strong deterrent.
    But this still doesn't stop desperate North Koreans from tempting fate. In this video, I'll go over the seven ways to escape the DPRK, including the most dangerous, the most unforgiving, the most unique, and the most unexpected.
    The North Korean border on the south side (ie. South Korean border / Korean DMZ) is the shortest distance to travel for safety and stability but as a result, the regime makes it dangerously hard. A North Korean escapee can be shot down by North Korean soldiers (border guards) or step on the many landmines in the area.
    The northern border to China has it's own set of challenges. Most North Korean refugees escape through this way, usually crossing the Tumen River border (like the famous North Korean defector Hyeonseo Lee). Once in China, the nightmare doesn't end there.
    There are also other, more unconventional ways you can try to escape such as through North Korean labor camps.
    Even if you make it to safety and resettle in a stable country, the North Korean regime will still try to hunt you down, so you're never truly safe. Especially if you're an outspoken critic or a threat to Kim Jong-un's power - just ask his half brother, Kim Jong-nam

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  • Kento Bento
    Kento Bento  Year ago +3542

    ► The only way to 'take down the regime' as I mentioned at the end of the video is to help disseminating as much information about South Korea and the rest of the world to everyday North Koreans, so they can create their own 'Korean Spring' uprising and revolution. Change must start internally.
    ► To the people who keep saying the video is useless/stupid because internet is BANNED in North Korea & North Koreans wouldn't be able to see it - you're not supposed to take the title literally. It's obviously not meant for actual North Koreans living in North Korea. It's the dynamic of the video narrative to imagine how life would be if you were placed in such a situation. MOST people watching intuitively get this.
    ► I didn't get into why China & North Korea are allies. Here's a video explaining it:
    ► The fear of being caught in China is so great, that some arm themselves with crushed chilli peppers to throw at guards who may try to stop them. If detained, they may pull out a small knife; not to harm others, but themselves. Sadly, a clean slit to the wrist/throat, or a fatal stab to the stomach often beats getting sent back to North Korea.
    ► There are Chinese people in China who feel sympathetic to the NK defectors' plight and end up helping them, risking imprisonment themselves. I hear even some Chinese police officers do this.
    ► There are many Christian organizations and pastors who help NK defectors. Raising money so they can afford escape brokers and extra costs for the perilous journey ahead.
    ► Russia and North Korea share a border along the tail end of the Tumen River, but defectors rarely cross at this point as it is only 17km long - it's a small stretch of land easily patrolled by border guards.
    ► Numerous North Koreans have still made it to Russia, but this was more so in the past and almost always through China, during times when border security was loose.
    ► Russia and North Korea are also long-time allies, so even if defectors were to make it to Russia, the likelihood of being deported is high.
    ► To the people getting offended when I said North Korea outsources its labor force to several countries around the world including Poland, as well as others I plotted on the map at 10:48, it's public knowledge! (not too hard to look up). People who are particularly sensitive with the Poland inclusion seem to think I'm somehow connecting it to german labor/concentration camps of the past. It's got nothing to do with that. This is not some negative agenda I have towards Poland as some have insinuated. However, it's been noted that North Koreans are employed by 32 companies in Poland under impoverished conditions. Here are 2 such sources:
    ► 'Non-elite' North Koreans also may end up bribing border guards and paying escape brokers. It's just not as common. The elite don't have to worry about saving up for it however.
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    • Alex Feng
      Alex Feng 5 days ago

      1. Dongbei Province of China, which directly connected to North Korea, has a minority group that is basically Korean descents that recognize themselves as Chinese. Many members of the group work underground providing a number of safe houses for North Korean defectors.

    • Krzysztof Kędra
      Krzysztof Kędra 5 days ago

      +Kento Bento Well, this 'updated' info is still highly misleading, almost such as those fake news links quoted here. there were some foreign firms in Poland that hired those people but it's considered a criminal thing in Poland and it was prosecuted by Polish AT units.
      And to your knowledge - it can be considered nearly as offensive as calling nazi German camps located in Poland as 'Polish'. With all respect for providing useful information that can let North Korean people escape the regime, I gotta say this part is still offensive.

    • I D K
      I D K 7 days ago

      Oh god dis is long

    • Lynn Grimm
      Lynn Grimm 8 days ago

      if they can get an illegal radio station they might be able to inform the people on a widespread scale, much like what my boy Ernesto Che Guevara with Radio Rebelde in Cuba during the late stages of the Cuban Revolution (roughly a year before Batista was successfully ousted. Although this technique would be reliant on propaganda and the people not notifying the government AND assuming that large enough scales of the population have access to radio, and probably bring about much short term suffering-- as overthrowing your local government tends to- in the long run it would probably be what is most beneficial to the world and most importantly the people of North Korea.

    • Jonas64
      Jonas64 8 days ago

      My man wrote a book in the comment section

  • yalfi 7u7
    yalfi 7u7 15 minutes ago

    Or they could just use a port-a-rift

  • yalfi 7u7
    yalfi 7u7 40 minutes ago

    And what about riding a fucking missile

  • Davon’s Scooters
    Davon’s Scooters Hour ago +1

    My name is Kim Jong Un-Healthy

  • Eli Egbert
    Eli Egbert 4 hours ago +1


  • Kim Jong un
    Kim Jong un 6 hours ago

    *Notes Notes Notes*

  • Average Zack
    Average Zack 7 hours ago

    watching this as a Hmong person... and starting out IN LAOS its hard to get out

  • KarateKid
    KarateKid 7 hours ago

    How is this video not flagged or taken down? 😂

  • J S
    J S 8 hours ago

    Yeah because I can access TVclip

  • Therealberlinflash •ɞ• ツ

    My best friend has family from North Korea but his grandfather escaped.

  • Tennessean Productions

    Idiot, you obviously just go around the border, just ask the germans

  • SplashFree!!
    SplashFree!! 11 hours ago

    *Kim Jong Un wants to know your location*

  • Naveen Soppa
    Naveen Soppa 11 hours ago

    Any of these options sounds like an awesone idea for a videogame

  • Mr. Snafu
    Mr. Snafu 11 hours ago

    That's why the Kim family must die. But not just die. They need to be tortured. For years. Than, killed. By fire.

  • CookiezX
    CookiezX 12 hours ago

    why wont the us just destroy north korea and make the citizens a better life

  • Muesli Snipes
    Muesli Snipes 13 hours ago

    So you try again and your retarded systems fails ,but it´s ok because that wasn´t real communism, so you try again and......

    ... your retarded system fails, cause it that wasnt real communism, but it´s ok, you know why?

  • chainsawplayin
    chainsawplayin 14 hours ago

    Why is it that every time I hear about North Korea, it's portared worse than a death camp?
    Fuck y'all.

  • ne14abj
    ne14abj 18 hours ago

    North Korea sucks and it's so bad that i'll... Hold it someones knocking on the door

  • HanFei
    HanFei 18 hours ago

    Somebody needs to make a videogame out of this lore

  • Knuckles x Sonia
    Knuckles x Sonia 20 hours ago

    Estados unidos no les da ascilo a nadie.

  • Knuckles x Sonia
    Knuckles x Sonia 20 hours ago

    En eso se parecen Kim y Donald Trump.

  • Paul A
    Paul A 20 hours ago

    If a North Korean makes it all the way to Argentina why not stay there. Sure it's not the USA but it's still not bad specially when compared to North Korea.

  • Santi Rees
    Santi Rees 21 hour ago

    please post s'more videos

  • JohnLetPlay
    JohnLetPlay 22 hours ago

    How I would escape: suicide

  • Old Old
    Old Old 22 hours ago

    dude its not actually that brutal my dad has to go there from america to do buisness deals with samsung and hes treated VERY well thier

  • Patrick
    Patrick 22 hours ago

    This makes me realize how lucky i am to be born into a wealthy and safe country.

  • TheAnime Fan
    TheAnime Fan 23 hours ago

    10:30 that man crossed Several borders. Respect. He got guts

  • Dev mister
    Dev mister 23 hours ago

    Can’t escape North Korea if I’m already dead

  • Connor McCarthy
    Connor McCarthy Day ago

    Fucking idiots I would just leave the front door

  • Tyler Furrison Tech

    Dad said he was only going to Russia for a while... it's been 30 years... where is he?

  • Gonzalo Chervet
    Gonzalo Chervet Day ago

    Cool, now I can get out of this fuckin country

  • Nebula The Fox
    Nebula The Fox Day ago

    It's sad nobody in North Korea can see this video
    Or any video at all

  • Smile A Mile
    Smile A Mile Day ago

    China also doesn't let Tibettans leave. They refuse to give them passports so that they can't leave. I don't see any other country trying to help against these pieces of shit commies in China who abuse the land, do what they want and hold Tibetans as hostages!!! And yes, I've been there and know the real scoop.

  • Twenity
    Twenity Day ago

    Wow. TVclip...

  • Heisted
    Heisted Day ago

    Or you could die and be free

  • N B
    N B Day ago

    Option 10: Watch this movie entitled Escape From North Korea:

  • Smooth Melanin
    Smooth Melanin Day ago

    I prefer going straight to japan

  • RedDeadSeries
    RedDeadSeries Day ago

    just use a launch pad lol

  • Michael Alfradique
    Michael Alfradique Day ago +1

    sem legenda em português sem like

  • Ya Boi
    Ya Boi Day ago +1

    Step 1: Ride the lightning!

  • Ioannis Navrozidis


  • Captain Obvious
    Captain Obvious Day ago

    That’s how -mafia- escaping works

  • Sol Zaer
    Sol Zaer Day ago

    The fact that a N.Korean can abuse the Mexico border is proof that anyone can abuse it.

  • Steven Wang
    Steven Wang Day ago

    Em...I stumbled upon this video, but this this video is kinda desperate, throwing as much shade on NK as possible. It is not a good country, but it's not HELL, my father stayed there for a week, he told me that there were often power outages, and he couldn't take showers for a full week, but other than that, there was nothing unusual about it, people HAD enough food, people HAD roofs over their head, only the people who break the law are punished, usually with labouring, only repeated escapes are charged with cruel punishments...
    People should focus more on places like Africa, where there's not even a stable food or water source.
    And yes I'm Chinese, I don't like NK, and I am aware of its constant life-threatening existence to SK, but come on, throwing shade like's just desperate...

  • RJinxed
    RJinxed Day ago

    Just leave LOOOOOOOOOOOL 4head

  • Jelz
    Jelz Day ago

    I wonder what South Korea would look like as an Island....

  • Rude_i_Wredne
    Rude_i_Wredne Day ago

    I only know about a guy who qualified for the North Korean IMO team and escaped to embassy during IMO. Still the most amazing story for me. XD
    ps. I live in Poland and I'm not aware of any slave-workers here. That means one of two - this information might be a result of bad Polish PR and simply untrue - or (more probable) - North Korean workers have a life quality on at least halflegal immigrant in Poland and the simply work illegally (no camps whatsoever, trust me, we value liberty probably higher than logical reasoning - if there was something so anti-liberal in our country, most of the media here would scream about it), which is not the worst state to be in. Many Ukrainians do this, considering it as a better option than living in their own country... and Ukraine is in Europe.

  • Lynx
    Lynx Day ago

    we are all so lucky to not be born inside north korea , fuck that shit

  • NetLiberate
    NetLiberate Day ago

    thanks, gonna share this with my North Korean friend

  • Davis Johnson
    Davis Johnson Day ago

    13:04 To think people would go to the U.S. for unfiltered media...

    KERCHIRGA Day ago

    Answer: I wouldn't

  • Froxin
    Froxin 2 days ago +1

    alright. i’ll watch this. (this has been in my recommend for too long)
    edit: great video

  • UselessAqua
    UselessAqua 2 days ago

    CANT THIS STOP POPPING UP IN MY RECOMMENDATIONS PLEASE. For reals though this has appeared on my recommended ever since it came out.

  • Twig Legg
    Twig Legg 2 days ago

    Actually bears and wolves are generally shy of people and prefer to stay away from them. If you handle yourself well around them you will most likely be safe.

  • xx_ Skisery
    xx_ Skisery 2 days ago

    Ok TVclip I watched it...😂😂😂

  • Derpy Nerwhal
    Derpy Nerwhal 2 days ago

    This is really only useless if you commit a crime in North Korea traveling there...

  • A S
    A S 2 days ago

    North Koreans make Mexican illegal border crossings look like a cake walk

  • 郑修权
    郑修权 2 days ago

    how dare you say it to my contrey china l loved you now l hate you you are evil you yelled me down ☹️☹️☹️😟😟😟🙁🙁🙁😕😕😕😢😢😢🙁🙁🙁😭😭😭👊👊👊

  • GSBro
    GSBro 2 days ago

    Trick question, I would go there in the 1st place.

  • Seagulllz
    Seagulllz 2 days ago +1

    3D Print *North Korea*

  • Lewis Mcnee
    Lewis Mcnee 2 days ago

    The reason that North Korea is so private is that they are planning WAR

  • TRS Sniped
    TRS Sniped 2 days ago

    Option 8 pull out the scar and get out the mats

  • Jung jamlessmonsterinfires

    Option 8.: Get your AMERICAN pal to get Donald Trump to make another summit with North Korea. And wait for your escape

  • Jung jamlessmonsterinfires

    If I was in North Korea how would I see this? See how you didn't think of that. ☠☠☠☠

  • spooky
    spooky 2 days ago

    UK UK UK!!!!!

  • Divya Patel
    Divya Patel 2 days ago

    *"The Enemy of my Enemy is my Friend"*

  • Nada Mekki
    Nada Mekki 2 days ago

    *Kim Jung un wants to know your location*

  • Herrman
    Herrman 2 days ago

    I dont rly know much about north korea but why cant they join the military and escape through the border by doing night shift?

  • eagle kingboy
    eagle kingboy 2 days ago

    theres no internet on north korea ;(

    BTS KPOP ARMY 2 days ago

    kill myself. that how i would do it.

  • Just Me
    Just Me 2 days ago +2

    Kim Jong Un wants to know your location.

  • Yichen Peng
    Yichen Peng 2 days ago

    But if you escape successfully, your family will still been arrested by the goverment

  • St1_1ffed Gaming
    St1_1ffed Gaming 2 days ago +2

    Use up up down down left right left right A B and teleport out

  • gamerax
    gamerax 2 days ago

    Surprised that Kim jong in hasn’t died from all of that alcohol he drank

  • zerohero animation
    zerohero animation 2 days ago

    Why dont all nk citizens along with all the nk army and government go against kim jong un?

  • Tau Yang Lim
    Tau Yang Lim 2 days ago

    i live in singapore lol

  • Original Tenka
    Original Tenka 2 days ago

    this is sad

  • the fuck is every where

    now in thailand whos escape from north korea to thailand we will send back to north korea(i hate my country asf)

  • MarkQub jar
    MarkQub jar 2 days ago

    why are Asians so scary ;/

  • MarkQub jar
    MarkQub jar 2 days ago

    this video keeps appearing in my recommended fine ill watch it

  • Dαunτ1ng_
    Dαunτ1ng_ 2 days ago

    Wait why can’t u go 2 Russia??? Bruh it’s much closer and I’m sure Putin will be nice

  • Dots Dots
    Dots Dots 2 days ago

    The most safer go to the north korea airport

  • Alex Paniagua
    Alex Paniagua 2 days ago

    Wait what? How is he trapped in the Ecuador embassy?

    • Alex Paniagua
      Alex Paniagua 2 days ago

      +banaan3001 oh I see

    • banaan3001
      banaan3001 2 days ago

      If Assange leaves the embassy, the UK police will arrest him. In the embassy he can't be arrested.

  • scott campbell jr
    scott campbell jr 2 days ago

    get out of my reccomended section

  • Terminator491
    Terminator491 2 days ago

    I'm just sayin' if there's any people who have escaped they could share their story and make it into a great movie.

  • Eat_Onionz
    Eat_Onionz 2 days ago

    Just assassinate the leaders stupid North Koreans

  • Wesley H.
    Wesley H. 3 days ago

    Where do you get all your information on how everything is in North Korea?

  • SilverSquad/ SilverYT

    I’m from China but I feel like I’m responsible for all of this, since people well think we’re the same things and that’s probably why people in my school 🏫 hates me. Anyway great video and Peace ✌️

  • 1 Hour Repeatz
    1 Hour Repeatz 3 days ago

    I would much rather just KiLl MySeLf

  • Pseudo Soul
    Pseudo Soul 3 days ago

    Teleportation is my traveling method of choice.

  • MarqØ
    MarqØ 3 days ago

    why do some asian countries have that old way of thinking about how have a good economy?

  • -EMIT -
    -EMIT - 3 days ago +2

    Now we just have to show this to North Koreans oh wait...

  • firered productions
    firered productions 3 days ago

    kim jong un is better than kim jong il

  • FaZe Lime
    FaZe Lime 3 days ago

    Easy. I'd just kill myself. Death is better than living in North Korea

  • Rafał Rochalski
    Rafał Rochalski 3 days ago +1

    WTF! 10:50 Poland???? Are u sure? Im certain that you are wrong. Do you have evidence to have the right to say so?

  • Discípilo de Christo

    2000 North Koreans in all Europe, but Syrian "refugees" who are almost all fighting age men number in the tens if millions!!!??

  • deenman23
    deenman23 3 days ago

    amerikkkan propaganda,NK is a utopia

  • NuclearMuffinYt
    NuclearMuffinYt 3 days ago

    This is someone that asks for likes.

    1 something
    Other things
    Acting like this was their first time

  • Anthony Morrocu
    Anthony Morrocu 3 days ago

    This makes no sense, so you want to just kill your citizens?! People don’t take granted your life in your state.

  • FIRE
    FIRE 3 days ago

    We saw what the US democracy did to Iraq and Afghanistan